Chinook Salmon!

While I was in Olympia I learned that the salmon are starting their migration to spawn. Under the 5th Street I could see them (LOTS of them) swimming frantically about, waiting their turn to jump to the next level up before the nearby sea lions grabbed them.

They were huge – at least two feet long, I’m sure. From the Budd Inlet they will go into Capital Lake and ultimately the Deschutes River.

UPDATE – I went back and looked at my pictures from the Salmon Hatcheries and according to a sign there Chinook Salmon can grow to be up to 3 feet long.  The ones I saw were underwater and some distance away but they could have been close to that length.